Commit Team Facts: * Round Four: David Stremme will attempt to qualify for his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the No. 39 Commit Dodge from the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix...
Commit Team Facts:
* Round Four: David Stremme will attempt to qualify for his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the No. 39 Commit Dodge from the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates stable. It will be the second race this season for Stremme in the Commit car after its Charlotte debut. Stremme currently pilots the No. 14 Navy Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series, where he sits 12th in the championship standings with 3627 points. Previously in Cup competition this season, the South Bend, Ind. native drove the No. 39 Navy Dodge for CGRFS at Chicagoland Speedway and Richmond International Raceway (September race), and most recently piloted the No. 39 Commit car at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
* Homestead History: Stremme has two career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a Busch Series car. He started seventh and finished eighth in 2003, and last season started 35th and finished 12th.
* Atop the pit box: Lee McCall will serve as Stremme's crew chief this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. McCall joined Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at the beginning of the 2001 season to lead the No. 40 team. McCall has amassed five wins as a crew chief at CGRFS, four with Sterling Marlin and one with Jamie McMurray.
* Double duty: This is the fourth and final run of 2005 where Stremme will be competing in both the NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series races on the same weekend.
* Commit: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare increased its support of CGRFS in 2005 by sponsoring Stremme in two NEXTEL Cup Series races. GSK's product, Commit stop smoking lozenges, is the first and only nicotine lozenge for over-the-counter sale. The Commit Lozenge, from the marketers of Nicorette, helps control cravings by delivering craving-fighting medicine fast.
* Looking Ahead: Stremme, the 2002 ASA and 2003 Busch Series Rookie of the Year award winner, will drive alongside CGRFS teammate Reed Sorenson in 2006 battling for NEXTEL Cup Series ROTY honors in the No. 40 Coors Light and No. 40 Lonestar Steakhouses & Saloon Dodges.
David Stremme Quote:
"We tested well at Homestead earlier in the year, so I'm excited to bring the Commit car to South Florida for Chip Ganassi Racing. It's unfortunate what happened to us with the tire issue in our last Cup race in Charlotte, but I'm confident the Ganassi team will bring a well-prepared car to Miami this weekend. It's the final of our limited four-race Cup schedule this year, and I'm looking forward to representing the team before we begin preparations for a full season of Cup racing in 2006."